Leviticus 23:9-14 “9 The Lord said to Moses, 10 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest. 11 He is to wave the sheaf before the Lord so it will be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath. 12 On the day you wave the sheaf, you must sacrifice as a burnt offering to the Lord a lamb a year old without defect, 13 together with its grain offering of two-tenths of an ephah[a] of the finest flour mixed with olive oil—a food offering presented to the Lord, a pleasing aroma—and its drink offering of a quarter of a hin[b] of wine. 14 You must not eat any bread, or roasted or new grain, until the very day you bring this offering to your God. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.”
The Feast of First Fruit
The Israelites left Egypt for Canaan, the promised land. Once they entered the promised land, they offered a portion of their first harvest, the first fruits, to the Lord. This is called the feast of first fruit.
The reason why the first harvest is given to the Lord is that the first part was considered holy.
The people would take their barley and take them to the temple of God. In the temple, they would grind the barley into grain and offer it to the Lord.
Because the Israelites just got out of slavery from Egypt, and on top of that, left the wilderness and into the promised land, when they offered their first harvest to the Lord, they felt happiness and thanks.
Today is June 25, which marks the first day of the Korean War. So many people died and went missing. Just counting the South Koreans 149,005 soldiers died; 710,783 soldiers injured; 132,256 soldiers went missing; and again just counting the South Koreans 373,599 civilians died; 229,625 civilians injured; 303,212 civilians went missing. Then there are thousands of soldiers from other countries who also helped and fought in the war. During the Korean War, many churches burned to the ground.
There is a story about one of the churches that burned.
In the city of 동두천, there was man named 최 학보 who was one of the first Christians in his city. He told his family that was a Christian, they threatened to kill him, but he stood his ground and his family didn’t kill him. (What kind of parents would?) One day, he decided to build a church and during the war, as you would have guessed, it was burned to the ground. Then there was a U.S. soldier in his early 20s, named Dan who saw that 학보’s church was burned. He offered to help 학보 rebuild his church. Dan got his other soldier buddies together, asked his family in the states for money and they were all able to finish building the church. Many years later, Dan, now in his mid-70s and was invited to the church’s 100th year anniversary. Dan went and at church Dan praised God with thankfulness and pure happiness.
The connection between this story and the story of the first fruits is that Dan and the Israelites both praised and worshiped God with a heart full of thanks and pure joy.
The feast of first fruit start is symbolism for Jesus’s resurrection and so it gives people hope. It is also on Sunday and Sunday is also the day that Jesus resurrected from the dead.
1 Corinthians 15:20-23 “20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.”
Because Jesus is the first fruit, the most holy, of resurrection, the people who believe in Him will also resurrect during the second coming and go to Heaven.
The people who don’t believe in Him, they are doomed to go to Hell. The easiest way to send someone, a nonbeliever, to Hell is by doing absolutely nothing.
Therefore, we must share the gospel, and spread the seed of life to others.
Acts 3:25 “25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’”
God wants to use us to save and help other non-Christians.
He wants us to spread His love and the good news.
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Matthew 5:13 – 16 “13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”